China's top representative office here got its first taste of noisy demonstrations yesterday when activists protesting about Beijing's weak stance on Japanese war crimes marched on the building. The march was led by 10 anti-Japan activists and former pro-democracy legislators ousted by Beijing on July 1. Waving banners and chanting anti-militarist slogans, the demonstrators marched on the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on Kennedy Road. 'As Chinese, we do not understand why our leaders have chosen to take such a soft stance on Japan,' said protest organiser Albert Ho Chun-yan, of the Democratic Party. 'We also urge the Chinese Government not to suppress the people's voice over this issue.' Mr Ho delivered a petition, addressed to President Jiang Zemin, and a banner signed by 1,000 supporters. A staff member accepted the delivery, shaking hands with Mr Ho. The friendly reception was a change from the usual no-show at Xinhua (the New China News Agency), Beijing's de facto embassy before the handover.